Agent Admits Rachid Ghezzal Keen to Depart Leicester Permanently

Rachid Ghezzal is keen to depart Leicester City this summer in favour of a permanent move to Fiorentina.

The Algerian was signed from Lyon in the summer of 2018 as a like-for-like replacement for Riyad Mahrez, who had joined Manchester City, but struggled to adapt in his first season at the King Power before being sent out on loan to La Viola last summer.

Ghezzal was brought in as a direct replacement for Riyad Mahrez at Leicester

Ghezzal appeared 23 times for Leicester last season but scored just three times, including just once in the Premier League, and although he hardly had a profound effect on the Fiorentina squad this season - making just two goal contributions in 17 appearances - Ghezzal's brother, who's also his agent, has confirmed the winger has a 'great desire' to stay in Florence for the long-haul.

“[Coach Beppe] Iachini has found his right position, which benefits him and the team,” said Abdelkader Ghezzal after his brother opened his Serie A account in a 3-1 midweek win at Lecce.

“His future? We do not know, now it is important to finish the season well. He has a great desire to stay in Florence,” he added, speaking to Radio Sportivo.

Speaking about life in Florence to Italian news outlet Firenzeviola last November, Ghezzal said: “It is very different from Leicester, both the city and life.

Ghezzal scored his first Fiorentina goal against Lecce last week

“Florence is magnificent and my family feels good here. I hope to stay. The fans give great support to the team. Every day I find someone who tells me ‘Come on Viola’ and this makes me very happy.”

It remains to be seen, however, whether Fiorentina will be willing to add Ghezzal to their ranks on a permanent deal. With wide men Franck Ribery and the highly-rated Federico Chiesa set to depart this summer, the Algeria international may be the man to fill somewhat of the void.

Source : 90min